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Zander Mar 14, 2007 01:10 PM

Will be in SF for a long weekend - wondering if a tasting in the Bubble Room is worth the drive?

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    Ian F Mar 14, 2007 05:01 PM

    While it was very nice, I wouldn't do it as a sole destination. You could easily have a real lunch or picnic in addition to what they provide, and visit some other wineries.

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      Zander Mar 16, 2007 08:59 AM

      Any suggestions of other wineries in the area we should visit?

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        Ian F Mar 16, 2007 10:21 AM

        One of the best experiences I have had is at nearby Chalk Hill for their Wine Tasting/Estate Tour . It is only done Monday - Friday, and requires an appointment, but they drive you around the property, and pour you a glass of their Chardonnay at the top of a hill with great views.

        www.chalkhill.com

      2. Lori SF Mar 16, 2007 09:19 AM

        I just posted these for someone else. We were just up there last weekend. Here are my suggestions- You can take the Westside Road and find most of these- beautiful area-

        Davis Bynum
        Artisa
        Rochioli Vineyards and Winery
        Hopklim
        Belvedere
        Hartford Family Winery

        Iron Horse is so beautiful with it's outside tasting area, their sparkling wines are really nice- You would need to head towards Sebastopol on hwy 116. This is a good place to start, then head over to Westside road, there are quit a few more on this road. J Winery is close.

        We went into Healdsburg for a wine break and had a nice lunch at Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar- ordered delicious lobster roll and Hamachi ceviche, we share both dishes although I could of had two of their lobster rolls it was perfect to tie us over until dinner.

        Then we headed over to Alexander Valley.

        1. vincentlo Mar 16, 2007 09:15 PM

          Dear Zander,

          I came up with a tentative plan for your wine tasting at Healdsburg (please check availability of each winery):

          Leave house between 11:30 and noon

          First stop: J
          Directions: From San Francisco
          Take Highway 101 North about 60 miles to the Arata Lane exit in Windsor. Turn left (west) on Arata Lane, and then turn right on Old Redwood Highway, Travel about 2 miles until you reach the underpass at Eastside Rd. Continue straight, and turn left into the next driveway at 11447 Old Redwood Highway. Bear left, and follow the driveway to our trellis-covered walkway.

          They offer tasting flights paired with stunning gourmet culinary treats at the Tasting Bar. If you want, you can also sit and eat/taste at their Bubble Room.

          J Vineyards & Winery
          11447 Old Redwood Highway
          Healdsburg, CA 95448
          Phone: (707) 431-3646

          Second stop: Selby
          From J, head northwest from Old Redwood Hwy, turn left into the 101N entry ramp, take the exit to Central Healdsburg, continue on Healdsburg Avenue, turn right at Mill Street (second stoplight), and turn left at Center St. You will see the historic Healdsburg Plaza. Should only take a few minutes from J.

          215 Center Street
          Healdsburg, CA 95448

          Phone: (707) 431-1288

          Third stop: Rosenblum
          Rosenblum is most famous for its world-class vineyard-designated zinfandels, but it also crafts a full range of award-winning wines, including cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petite sirah, syrah, chardonnay, viognier, marsanne and roussanne. Very close to Selby.

          250 Center Street
          Healdsburg, CA 95448

          Phone : (707) 431-1169

          Fourth stop: Simi

          Just go north on Healdsburg for a couple of minutes. Look for Simi on your left.

          16275 Healdsburg Avenue. (800) 746-4880

          Vincent

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